Saturday, June 6, 2009
Milestone: My 18-year-old daughter makes her first parachute jump.
My oldest daughter Hannah, home for the summer from college, decided to go over to Georgia with a friend to learn how to skydive. I was unable to go with her, and they were going to have to spend the night in the club's hostel, so I'm afraid I was rather harsh with her male friend ("not a BOY friend, Dad, just a friend").
When he picked her up yesterday, Hannah had warned him (a callow leftish sort) of my politics. After I shook his hand, I told him:
"Don't worry about politics, I don't give a rat's ass about your politics. Life will iron that out of you later. My concern is my daughter's safety. I expect her back in the same shape I'm giving her to you in. And if anything does happen, I'll torture you to death over a period of ten days and you'll be screaming in the first thirty seconds. Have a safe trip."
I don't think he caught my wink. His eyes did go a bit wide.
Everything went fine, though. She's back, proud as a frog eatin' fire, as they say up in Winston County. She was determined to jump by herself the first time and not in tandem. Of course she had company on either side until she deployed her chute, but she did it on her own. I'm proud of her too. Here's what her brand-new skydiver's logbook says:
Jump Number: 1
Date: 6 June 09
Freefall Delay: 60
Exit Altitude: 14,000
AFF Level 1
Good climb out & exit count. Okay exit. Arch a little more. Good COA + 3X P/T's. Relax!!! Need to check altitude more. Good wave off & pull @ 5,500 ft. Need to work on canopy pattern. Remember to check altitude while flying canopy. Flared a little high. Don't let up. Remember to PLF!!!
Okay for Lvl 2.
Will post photos from the jump when they arrive in the mail.
All on the anniversary of D-Day too. Wish I could have been there.
Thanks, Wesley, for accompanying my daughter. From all accounts you did well. Sorry if I scared the excrement out of you there at the beginning. I'm a bit protective of my family. Of course I was kidding, as far as you know, right?
PLF the way the Army does it.